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Slate's The Gist with Mike Pesca. A daily afternoon show about news, culture, and whatever else you'll be discussing with friends and family tonight.

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Uneducated Posturing

Uneducated Posturing

2020-07-1330:29

On the Gist, the Washington football team have more work ahead than they realize. In the interview, Washington Post columnist Alexandra Petri joins Mike to chat about her recently published book Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why. A hand-picked anthology of her some of her best essays that are mockingly sharp, and unsettlingly cheerful, it showcases the satirist’s gleefully distorted take on our political and social realities.  In the spiel, educational idiocy. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On the Gist, Trump’s bullying worked. In the interview, Olympic champion Usain Bolt is here to talk with Mike about the new documentary series Greatness Code on Apple TV+. They discuss Bolt’s love of the 200 meter race, training, and how he might feel when people start coming for his record. All episodes of Greatness Code are available to stream now on Apple TV+. In the spiel, the parent-teacher mob. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On the Gist, guns in the U.K. and the U.S. In the interview, we share part two of our conversation with Barry Friedman, founder of the Policing Project at NYU Law, author and legal scholar. Friedman suggests that a hurdle to creating new policies and training is the lack of accountability and uniform data gathering processes provided from police departments around the country. The central idea to the project is how to create good police departments. In the spiel, J.K. Rowling. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On the Gist, Karens receiving informal justice. In the interview, Mike speaks with Barry Friedman, one of two investigators appointed by New York State Attorney General Letitia James to investigate the NYPD’s actions in protest activity. Founder of the Policing Project at NYU Law, Friedman is a legal scholar and author. In part one of the conversation, Professor Friedman discusses backend versus front end accountability within policing, the executive research forum standards and their guiding principles for use of force, as well as how to diversity police departments. Stay tuned for part two in tomorrow’s episode. In the spiel, New York crime during Covid-19. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On the Gist, crime in unpoliced camps. In the interview, comedian Tom Papa is here to talk with Mike about his new book You’re Doing Great! and his Netflix special of the same name. He and Mike discuss the choice of happiness, getting stuck, and why we should listen to young people more. In the spiel, cancel culture. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On the Gist, Trump at Mount Rushmore. In the interview, making a strong case for reparations among descendants of enslaved African Americans is economist William Darity, Jr in his new book, From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century. Darity suggests that that in order to close the racial wealth disparities, America must confront injustices and offer a detailed fiscal plan for providing financial gifts to Black Americans to aid their economic well-being. In the spiel, renaming a football team. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Define the Police

Define the Police

2020-07-0332:52

On the Gist, the greatness that will remain long after we’re gone. In the interview, we present part two of Mike’s conversation with John McWhorter on the linguistics of race, defining ‘Defund the Police,’ and how words we use today will morph over time. WcWhorter is the host of Lexicon Valley and a professor at Columbia University. Find his most recent piece in the Atlantic: “The Dictionary Definition of Racism Has to Change.” In the spiel, historical truths versus myths. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Redefining Racism

Redefining Racism

2020-07-0231:43

On the Gist, the McCloskeys in Missouri. In the first part of this two-part interview, John McWhorter is here to dig into definitions with Mike. They discuss how the meanings of racism and white supremacy have changed over the years, and what that says about the ways culture is shifting. McWhorter is the host of Lexicon Valley, and his latest piece is “The Dictionary Definition of Racism Has to Change,” in the Atlantic. In the spiel, a professional bullshit artist. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On the Gist, there is no question these men needed to breathe. In the interview, Maria Konnikova is back for “Is That Bullshit?” She and Mike discuss the scientific preprints published on Covid-19 and call out the credible and those rife with misinformation. How can you trust them? Maria’s newest book called The Biggest Bluff, is already a New York Times bestseller. In the spiel, how Trump consumes news. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Never-Ending Trump

The Never-Ending Trump

2020-06-2935:221

On the Gist, paying the Taliban and not believing the New York Times. In the interview, the around-the-clock news cycle turns 40 years old this summer. With the advent of cable television and a bright idea from an American media mogul, CNN was born. Journalist and author, Lisa Napoli, talks with Mike about her unauthorized biography, Up All Night: Ted Turner, CNN, and the Birth of 24-Hour News, and explains how the station became a trailblazing force in transforming the ways we consumed media at the end of the 20th century.   In the spiel, Trump is the worst. But he’s not gone yet. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On the Gist, Disney’s Splash Mountain. In part two of their interview, Mike continues to talk with Matthew Barge about the failure of police departments to gather data and statistics that would help create and enforce meaningful policing policy change. Barge is a lawyer, a principal consultant with 21CP Solutions, and federal court-appointed monitor overseeing federal consent decrees in Cleveland, Ohio and Baltimore, Maryland. In the spiel, the Lobstar of the Antentwig Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On the Gist, Biden is in the lead. In the first part of a two-part interview, Mike talks with police practices and civil rights expert Matthew Barge about how policy has failed to change how law enforcement agencies police communities, how police unions have played a huge role in where we find ourselves now, and what role consent decrees play in changing police behavior. Barge is a lawyer, a principal consultant with 21CP Solutions, and federal court-appointed monitor overseeing federal consent decrees in Cleveland, Ohio and Baltimore, Maryland.  In the spiel, the Covid-19 yo-yo. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Mechanisms in Place

The Mechanisms in Place

2020-06-2430:103

On the Gist, interruption by ring knocking. In the interview, Mike is joined by Lawrence Douglas, author of Will He Go?: Trump and the Looming Election Meltdown in 2020, a page-turning book of what-ifs and premonitions of constitutional chaos if Trump decides to give America a hard time at the end of his term. Douglas is the James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College. He is the prize-winning author of seven books, most recently The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial. In the spiel, undeniable progress. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Margaret Kelley, Daniel Schroeder and Joel Patterson. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Unbiased News

Unbiased News

2020-06-2434:27

On the Gist, refocusing our attention to local democracy. In the interview, Mike talks with Seth Stevenson, author of Grounded: A Down to Earth Journey Around the World and host of Slate’s newest business podcast Thrilling Tales of Modern Capitalism. Seth’s new podcast delves into the backstories of iconic brand, from Purell to Victoria’s Secret, and he joins Mike to talk about Carnival Cruises, one of the biggest players in an industry that jumps from one disaster to another. And yes, the expression “poop cruise” is mentioned. In the spiel, objectivity as a punching bag. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Margaret Kelley, Daniel Schroeder and Joel Patterson. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On the Gist, lack of humor in the Trump administration. In the interview, Mike talks with Maria Konnikova, star of our bi-weekly segment “Is That Bullshit?” This time, however, Maria is here to discuss her newest book about becoming a professional poker player. Already a New York Times bestseller, it’s called The Biggest Bluff. In the spiel, “yuge” crowd psychology. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Margaret Kelley, Daniel Schroeder and Joel Patterson. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On the Gist, Trump’s ignorance. In the interview, Mike talks with Josh Levin, Slate’s national editor. A co-host of the sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Levin is also the author of The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth. Mike and Josh discuss Levin’s latest audio project as host of Season 4 of Slow Burn, which over the course of several episodes, dissects David Duke’s rise into the political mainstream and explores how Duke maintained his status as one of the most famous white supremacists in the U.S. In the spiel, impediments to true justice. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Margaret Kelley, Daniel Schroeder and Joel Patterson. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On the Gist, an officer cooperates. In the interview, Mike talks with co-host of Slate’s Political Gabfest, CBS 60 Minutes correspondent and contributing editor at the Atlantic, John Dickerson. His new book on the American Presidency, The Hardest Job In The World, details that there are no blueprints around the challenges of governing, and how we need to evaluate candidates and nominees for the job. In the spiel, a song gets cancelled. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Get Out Already

Get Out Already

2020-06-1631:16

On the Gist, fireworks and progress. In the interview, Mike talks with data scientist Jeffery Morris of the University of Pennsylvania. They talk data analysis and models related to Covid-19, his predictions for states’ reopening, and his interpretations of updated CDC guidelines. You can follow his work at his site Covid-19 Data Science. In the spiel, Asian borders. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On the Gist, Trump doesn’t want to confront sins, he would rather perpetuate them. In the interview, Mike talks with incumbent Rep. Don Bacon from Nebraska’s 2nd District about how Covid-19 has altered his campaign strategy leading up to the election. They also discuss the protesting and looting in Omaha, as well as his recent statement following Gen. Mattis’ piece published in the Atlantic. Having served under him in Iraq, Bacon mostly agrees with Mattis, but says he and his constituents will likely support Trump on several key issues come November. In the spiel, the Sundees! Our awards for the Sunday shows. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
An Imperfect Union

An Imperfect Union

2020-06-1231:352

On the Gist, the stock market is on a coronavirus coaster. In the interview, Dr. Christina Greer of Fordham University is here to talk with Mike about politics and police reform. They discuss Joe Biden, if police unions should continue to exist, and what the future of policing could look like. Greer is the host of FAQ NYC. In the spiel, a good-faith effort to hear out the bad-faith arguments. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Comments (32)

Tatyana Noyb

You are right about one thing, Mike. Activists are not listening to you.

Jul 8th
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Tatyana Noyb

Lame!

Jun 23rd
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Tatyana Noyb

Lame

Jun 23rd
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Tatyana Noyb

Good job, Mike. I'm afraid I'll have to quote you tomorrow. :) Good guest.

Jun 12th
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Tatyana Noyb

The fear of guns by police is the reason? Where did u hear that, in the "magazine for white purple fear of black people propaganda"? Clearly you must think your audience complete fools. The reason isn't racism, the reason is gun ownership? Do you laugh at yourself when you see yourself?

Jun 2nd
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Tatyana Noyb

The fear of guns by police is the reason? Where did u hear that, in the "magazine for white purple fear of black people propaganda"? Clearly you must think your audience complete fools. The reason isn't racism, the reason is gun ownership? Do you laugh at yourself when you see yourself in the mirror?

Jun 2nd
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Tatyana Noyb

Not going beyond first 3 min. The fear of guns by police is the reason? Where did u hear that, in the "magazine for white purple fear of black people propaganda"? Clearly you must think your audience complete fools. The reason isn't racism, the reason is gun ownership? Do you laugh at yourself when you see yourself in the mirror?

Jun 2nd
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Tatyana Noyb

Not going beyond first 3 min. The fear of guns by police is the reason for their brutality? Where did u hear that, in the "magazine for white purple fear of black people propaganda"? Clearly you must think your audience complete fools. The reason isn't racism, the reason is gun ownership? Do you laugh at yourself when you see yourself in the mirror?

Jun 2nd
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Tatyana Noyb

Not going beyond first 3 min. The fear of guns by police is the reason for their brutally? Where did u hear that, in the "magazine for white purple fear of black people propaganda"? Clearly you must think your audience complete fools. The reason isn't racism, the reason is gun ownership? Do you laugh at yourself when you see yourself in the mirror?

Jun 2nd
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Tatyana Noyb

More bs, peska. Not going beyond first 3 min. The fear of guns by police is the reason for their brutally? Where did u hear that, in the "magazine for white purple fear of black people propaganda"? Clearly you must think your audience complete fools. The reason isn't racism, the reason is gun ownership? Do you laugh at yourself when you see yourself in the mirror?

Jun 2nd
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Tatyana Noyb

More bs, peska. Not going beyond first 3 min. The fear of guns by police is the reason for their brutally? Where did u hear that, in the "magazine for white persons fear of black persons propaganda"? Clearly you must think your audience complete fools. The reason isn't racism, the reason is gun ownership? Do you laugh at yourself when you see yourself in the mirror?

Jun 2nd
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Tatyana Noyb

Serious journalism eh. Those of us paying MINIMAL attention can catch YOU lying. The Intercepted never criticized Bernie? Eat this. Episode 140. 1.22.20. Bernies policies of the now, however, could have saved thousands of lives. Who have YOU saved today?

May 23rd
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Tatyana Noyb

My goodness, are you OK? please check for fever :) FINALLY the right guest. Congratulations!

May 19th
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Tatyana Noyb

The shpiel honestly made me ill. What IF, Pesca, he also didn't think it was wrong to penetrate someone with his fingers? That it was an act of care? Get the f out, along with most other men. The F.

May 7th
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Tatyana Noyb

You must not be in NY to state nobody died of lack of ventilators. Watch a 5 min documentary from the Intercept released yesterday. How do you sound so confident with such shallow info...more bs peddling. Again.

Apr 22nd
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Tatyana Noyb

Ok, mister propaganda blame. So I got it, you think it's NOT what mnuchin said people aren't expected to live on 1200 for 10 weeks you think. But you aren't gonna bother to offer what he did mean? Get the fuck out, mister white privilege. You so are.

Apr 17th
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Tatyana Noyb

Well. Mike is funny. Mike IS privileged. Mike wants to pedal around msm bs about biden and his great message (Mike must have missed Joe on video lol). We need exactly that 'revolution' also known as political change to help the working people, but privilege is blinding.

Mar 26th
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Tatyana Noyb

Omg. Ok yeah u may be funny but you are an utter asshole. Fuck this show, own in stocks much? Bastard.

Mar 13th
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Scott Gilbert

misleading episode title...

Sep 30th
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Scott Gilbert

#Yang2020 😁

Sep 29th
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